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Exclusive The Pokémon Go craze that is sweeping the world has hit Australian workplaces, with a major logistics company issuing an all-sites warning for its employees not to play the game due to risks to health and safety. Qube Logistics, which provides services covering road and rail transport and warehousing, advised staff in a national ...more
Written by Workers Compensation Report editor Peter Angelopoulos A SA State Budget paper, tabled on July 7, has flagged the SA Employment Tribunal’s (ET) proposed targets for 2016-17 include its “jurisdictional expansion”. That would be “implemented efficiently with minimal impact on parties and the resolution of disputes during the transition”, the paper said (WCR 09/06/15, 16/12/14). WCR ...more
Australia is the biggest automation user in the world, a leading robotics engineer has argued. But while such automation is having enormous productivity benefits it is also threatening to increase income inequality and “decimate” regional areas. University of Sydney mechatronic engineering Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte spoke to the ALERA conference on Friday (May 27) to point ...more
Written by Workforce editor David Marin-Guzman Exclusive In what has been described as a “game-changing” move, the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) is seeking penalties and compensation orders against seven shipping crew members over their 20-day sit-in last year after they discovered they were going to be made redundant. It is the first time the regulator ...more
Written by Workforce editor David Marin-Guzman The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) says lack of compulsory interview powers has hampered its ability to obtain evidence that 7-Eleven head office was “involved” in widespread underpayments. That was despite findings the franchisor had an unusually high degree of control over its franchisees and was on notice about underpayments ...more
The Federal Government is framing its workplace relations election policy around the “future of work”, declaring the current system is “stuck in the past” and has not kept up with fundamentally different ways of doing business as represented by disruptors such as Uber and Airtasker. However, it has stressed that any reforms “cannot compromise” Australia’s ...more